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Boeing 747X Program  
User currently offline747_pilot85 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 17 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

Is Boeing ever going to bring up the 747X program again? Boeing needs a plane to compete w/ the A380, so why doesn't it bring up the 747X program again?

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User currently offlineAIRNZ_747-800 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 1496 times:

According to Boeing, the airline market does not need the 747X. Boeing thinks that airlines are suited just fine with the 747-400 and its versions plus other jets like the 777. It is quite odd that Boeing canceled the 747X program, since there will be a rapid increase in the number of airline passenger's traveling the world's skies in the future. It is quite a pity that Boeing canceled its 747X program, since I overwhelmingly prefer the 747 over the A380 in all aspects and proportions.

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13497 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 15 hours ago) and read 1492 times:

In the past few years, there has been a number of false starts in updating the 747, witness the 747-500/600/700 programme suddenly cancelled in early 1997. For all their retoric, I suspect Boeing came to regret that move, as it would have given them a significant head start on then A3XX.
When some of the world's top airlines-and best Boeing customers, went for the now A380, rather than the 747X, Boeing really had little choice. Again I suspect all of this 'there's no market' stuff they came out with is retoric too, though Boeing probably do think it smaller than Airbus do. But then wouldn't an updated design have the edge over an all-new product?

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21629 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 10 hours ago) and read 1479 times:

GDB: But then wouldn't an updated design have the edge over an all-new product?

I would expect a new design to be more attractive in the medium to long run, since it can incorporate the state of the art in technology right down to the conceptual level.

With an updated design, the main thing going for it is it´s commonality with the aging fleet of it´s ancestors. But that will last only as long as the older planes are actually around.

I can´t know for sure, but Boeing might have misjudged the market when they insisted on just a cheaper update...

User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 10 hours ago) and read 1476 times:


I agree that the timing of the 747X program back in 97' would have been perfect, but just like the latest decision being a business move, it was a phenomenal move back then. Shortly after the 97' decision, the Asian financial crisis occured. I think this would have resulted in numerous cancellations of orders and Boeing losing thier hide. R/D cost wree in the billions for the 747X program back in 97'.

User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3488 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 months 10 hours ago) and read 1465 times:

Too bad, the 747X would of cost Boeing a lot less than the A380 is going to cost airbus in devolpment costs.

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